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Choose Digital, Choose The Right Drill

Choose Digital, Choose the Right Drill

James Thorpe of Sandvik Coromant explains how, by combining advanced software with the correct machine tools, manufacturers can digitalise profitably, and on their own terms.

The Industry 4.0 & Smart Manufacturing Adoption Report by IoT Analytics suggests that Industry 4.0 technology uptake is still low among manufacturers. Given that the advantages of Industry 4.0 are now so well-understood, why aren’t more manufacturers digitalising their processes? 

One perception is that applying Industry 4.0 to existing production setups is expensive when, actually, it doesn’t have to be. Another reason for the slow uptake is that manufacturers see no reason to upgrade their existing tooling set-up and processes. If it isn’t broke, why change it? Manufacturers in this category may be unsure how Industry 4.0 fits into their established way of doing things. 

The truth is, automated Industry 4.0 technologies can greatly benefit manufacturers’ bottom lines. For instance, Sandvik Coromant has found that a 20 percent increase in machine utilisation can provide a 10 percent higher gross profit margin and automated systems can massively increase machine uptime. 

Automated equipment can also support the growing trend for machining with limited, or no, human supervision — particularly amid the pandemic. As stated in a recent Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) report, COVID-19: What It Means for Industrial Manufacturers, “For companies vulnerable to a viral outbreak within their ranks, this would be a critical time to explore a proactive deployment of automation technologies.” 

Today’s Industry 4.0 technologies, including sensors and machine learning can also be beneficial in minimising the number of production stops. Again, increasing profit. This includes stops needed to replace worn tooling, like drills. 

Previously, operators had to rely on manual monitoring to detect wear in machine tools. PwC’s report points towards the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) as an alternative. An example of this is Sandvik Coromant’s latest CoroPlus Machining Insights platform, an expansion of the company’s CoroPlus suite of connectivity software.

Using Machining Insights, CNC machines can connect through Ethernet and transmit information at higher volume than they can currently. This includes manufacturing data to improve workshop efficiency and overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). And this isn’t limited to new machinery.

Most machines are connectible to the network, and there are adapters for older machines to make them compatible. In other words, Industry 4.0 can be integrated easily, even with legacy hardware.

Predictable Wear

Machining Insights is designed to give manufacturers greater visibility of machining processes and provide information to identify and eliminate downtime and inefficiency. This includes during periods of largely or fully-automated processes. 

Let’s face it, one of the biggest threats to production is unpredictable tool life. For a tool to properly support automated production, limiting continuous, controllable wear and eliminating discontinuous, uncontrollable wear are the keys to success. 

Sandvik Coromant’s specialists had this in mind when developing the CoroDrill 860 with enhanced -GM geometry, a new design solid carbide drill that’s optimised for a wide range of materials and applications, across all industry sectors. 

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Industrial And Manufacturing 2021: The Year For Additive, Digital Threads, And Industry 4.0

Industrial And Manufacturing 2021: The Year For Additive, Digital Threads, And Industry 4.0

In its new whitepaper, 68 Technology Trends That Will Shape 2021, ABI Research identify 37 trends that will shape the technology market and 31 others that, although attracting huge amounts of speculation and commentary, are less likely to move the needle over the next twelve months. “For success in 2021, especially after a very challenging 2020, one must understand fundamental trends early, and take a view on those trends that are buoyed by hyperbole and those that are sure to be uncomfortable realities. Now is the time to double down on the right technology investment,” says Stuart Carlaw, Chief Research Officer at ABI Research.

Additive Manufacturing Software Innovation Will Play Catch Up

“Additive Manufacturing (AM) is an ecosystem starting to open to third-party developers, and we will see this in 2021 with broader support for AM systems in IoT platforms, a much greater emphasis on simulation and integration of process parameters, and a market that will start to realise the disparity between hardware and software innovation and react with new solutions, and new programs that improve awareness, education, and integration. The reason these actions are inevitable is that production AM simply cannot happen without them,” says Ryan Martin, Industrial & Manufacturing Research Director at ABI Research.

Simulation Will be the Needle for Digital Threads

Manufacturers and industrial firms have been focusing efforts on creating a digital thread that keeps data flowing in a continuous loop between the engineering, manufacturing, and fulfillment teams. “However, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, digital threads failed to anticipate demand surges because machine learning was looking at historical patterns and did not provide firms with the ability to maintain production. In 2021, simulation will provide firms with an overview of their operations and stress test them to build resilience. Projects will look to simulate scenarios and run what-if analysis that covers both downstream events (in end markets or individual customers) and upstream events to simulate how to accommodate supply chain events in engineering and production departments,” explains Michael Larner, Industrial & Manufacturing Principal Analyst at ABI Research.

Smart Manufacturing Builds Momentum

“Smart manufacturing will continue to build on its momentum in 2021, but not until factory owners embrace 5G for their smart factory connectivity layer will they reap the operational benefits. Factory owners have been deploying industry 4.0 tools, such as condition-based monitoring, inventory management, and building automation using ethernet cable, but deploying wireless-enabled Industry 4.0 tools will bring smart manufacturing to its full potential. Applications like wearables (health and location/safety trackers) and AR are only possible with wireless connectivity,” states Jake Saunders, Vice President at ABI Research.

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Remote Technology Enabling New Model Of Smart Manufacturing

Remote Technology Enabling New Model of Smart Manufacturing

Smart manufacturing not only depends on an unmanned environment. Instead, it requires various intelligent tools and equipment, software, and human-machine interfaces, and needs to enhance the integration of personnel and automated devices to meet business requirements. Article by Taiwan Machine Tool and Accessory Builder’s Association (TMBA).

Over the past 10 years, with the joint efforts of the government and the industry, Taiwan-made  machine tools have earned a place in international markets through their outstanding quality and performance. Taiwan’s machine tools serve as a brand and express the spirit of “High-tech, precision, innovation, global service, advancement and flexibility” in international markets. 

The supply-chain evolution and the U.S.–China trade war have caused manufacturing industries to migrate. The previously expected economic recovery was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced global manufacturing industries to move towards digitalization.

Taiwan’s machine tool manufacturers, such as YCM, Goodway and Campro, utilize Internet of Things (IoT) technology to transfer real-time information in the workshop, including data such as production progress and machine operation status, while employing advanced applications such as monitoring dashboard and mobile devices to achieve remote control and management (RCM). This enables personnel to solve real-time problems without frequently entering the workshop. Moreover, by browsing split-screen, more machines can be managed with less manpower.

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TAIWAN: Your High-End Partner For Your Smart Manufacturing Journey

TAIWAN: Your High-End Partner For Your Smart Manufacturing Journey

Taiwan companies have long been supplying machineries to manufacturers in the ASEAN region. The government’s thrust toward developing a much deeper cooperation with the industry in Southeast Asia through its digital media campaign for Taiwan machine tools, and a potentially new global supply chain pattern emerging post-pandemic, are expected to open up more opportunities for manufacturing cooperation between the ASEAN region and Taiwan.

In line with this, the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI), in cooperation with Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News (APMEN), held a webinar on November 12 that highlighted the latest smart technology solutions from Taiwanese companies aimed at helping manufacturers on their journey towards smarter manufacturing. With the theme Taiwan: Your High-End Partner For Your Smart Manufacturing Journey, the webinar puts into spotlight Taiwan’s reliable, smart solutions for automated production, and why ASEAN manufacturers should consider Taiwan technologies for their manufacturing strategies.

High Precision Smart Manufacturing In SEA

James Kao, Project Manager at HIWIN Technologies Corp. opened the session by sharing their smart manufacturing solutions and successes in Southeast Asia (SEA). Automation and adoption of smart manufacturing is growing in the SEA, and HIWIN covers major industries across the region including Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

James highlights HIWIN’s smart manufacturing applications, which includes automotive and auto parts manufacturing where 6-axis robots and hybrid robots are deployed from loading & unloading, to product inspection.

Staying Competitive

Next, we hear from Randi Tsai, International Sales Representative at Yeong Chin Machinery Industries co., ltd. (YCM) about how the company is helping its customers stay competitive ahead of the pandemic against industry challenges such as resource & environmental issues and labour shortage.

Randi showcases the company’s total machine solutions and how it tackles pandemic challenges, as well as the benefit of each solution. To find out about the new 5 axes machines which ensures efficiency, quality and cost competitiveness, watch this clip:

Precision Spring Manufacturing

Eric Cheng, Sales Representative of Ciangshuo Machinery Co. Ltd, presented on reducing cost and increasing efficiency in precision spring manufacturing. He discussed the company’s CNC spring formers, hook stations, servo spinners, and servo cutters, aimed at helping customers achieve automatic production for torsion springs, extension springs, wave springs, wire forming parts, strip forming parts, and air coil parts.

Hydraulic Press Outlook

Established in 1976, DEES Hydraulic Industrial Co. Ltd is one of the leading hydraulic press machine manufacturers in Taiwan for sheet metal forming in automotive and home appliance industries. More than 90 percent of its products, ranging from straight-sided, 4-post, and gap type systems with capacities from 30 tons to 6,000 tons, are exported.

Ale Lee, sales manager of DEES, discussed the outlook for hydraulic presses in Southeast Asia, key demand drivers, and markets where he sees growth.

Enhancing Cooperation in Southeast Asia

Founded in 1945 and with more than 2,900 members, TAMI is one of the most representative association for Taiwan’s machinery industry, and the organizer of international machinery exhibitions such as TIMTOS, TaipeiPLAS, and ShoeTech Taipei.

Jason Liu, product manager at TAMI, talked about key statistics from Taiwan’s machine manufacturing in 2019, key trade partners, and new strategies to further enhance Taiwan manufacturers’ cooperation with the ASEAN metalworking and machine tools industry.

Reducing Labour Costs and Downtime

Olivia Chen, sales representative of Gentiger Machinery Industrial Co. Ltd, gave a presentation on automation strategies to reduce labour cost and production downtime. She also discussed Gentiger’s latest machine, the GT-H2517F, and its applications and target markets; as well as their Smart Machine Industry 4.0, which was presented at TIMTOS 2019 and features status monitoring, production history, and mail notification, among others.

Taking Your Production to the Next Level

Stanley Yeh, Director for ASEAN Markets at TOYO Automation Co. Ltd, talked about how smarter manufacturing solutions can help take your production to the next level. He showcased the company’s solutions integrated in a COVID-19 RT-PCR test machine; in a USB assembly line; and the AGV application in an electric motorcycle production environment.

Forming Technologies for Lightweight Materials and Composites

Michael Wang is the vice president of Lien Chieh Hydraulic Industrial Co. Ltd (LCH). Established in 1947, LCH is said to be the most famous hydraulic press manufacturer with the longest history in Taiwan.

Wang discussed forming technologies to address the unique requirements of lightweight materials and composites. He talked about their tandem, deep drawing, trimming, hemming, die spotting, tryout, forging, and hydroforming presses, for applications in bicycle, automotive, home appliance, motorcycle, and aerospace manufacturing, to name a few.

Wang also highlighted LCH’s focus on reducing energy consumption through its innovative technologies, as well as how they are helping handle composites.

Smarter Bar Feeding

The last presenter was Edward Tsai, Overseas Sales Manager of GIMCO Giuliani Iemca Machinery Co. Ltd (IEMCA). Established in 1961, IEMCA is one of the leading manufacturer of bar feeders. It has four production plants—in Italy, Taiwan, China, and the United States—and has over 100,000 installations in more than 90 countries.

In his presentation, Tsai talked about smarter strategies to bar feeding for next-generation automotive manufacturing, and how bar feeders help manufacturers in their production.

Tsai also presented their first Industry 4.0 Bar Feeder, and its key features, including remote monitoring, control, and assistance; backup and restoration of machine parameters; and telecontrol by OPC-UA clients, among others.


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Driving Industry Forward With Intelligent Technologies

Driving Industry Forward With Intelligent Technologies

INTERMACH and MTA Asia 2020—ASEAN’s leading international industrial machinery and subcontracting event—is proud to showcase intelligent industrial machinery and technologies that drive the industry forward with timely manufacturing solutions such as automation, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). 

The event offers a platform that will provide countless opportunities for entrepreneurs to gain access to advanced technologies and knowledge in a variety of industries. 

This year, more than 50 items will be launched for the first time in Thailand and ASEAN. There will also be a full range of sheet metal fabrication technology from 150 of the world’s leading brands, as well as additive manufacturing technology.

The event to be held from September 23–26 at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) in Thailand, will feature cutting-edge manufacturing technologies and intelligent technology showcases from over 1,200 brands and 45 countries, over an exhibition area of 38,000 sqm. It will include major pavilions from South Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore. It will also feature an interesting line-up of conferences and forums, such as the following:

  • INTERMACH Forum: “SMEs, Transformation to Smart Manufacturers”
  • Future Automotive Forum: “Disruption of the Future Automotive in Thailand”
  • System Integrator (SI) Forum
  • Thai Subcon Seminar

In particular, the 4th INTERMACH Forum is designed for entrepreneurs in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The forum will feature leading speakers and experts from both private and public sectors, who will share overviews and their insights in options and challenges on technology and workforce transformation for smart manufacturing. There will also be over 50 SME Empowerment Seminars and activities for SMEs related to future automotive, medical device, robotics, aerospace, and other ground-breaking industries.

Apart from these, the event will feature the Industrial Automation and Robotic Show 2020 (iAR), ASEAN’s leading exhibition on automation and robotics technology. The show, part of INTERMACH, provides a platform for advance automation and robotic technology and solutions enablers who are looking to upgrade their manufacturing, gain first hand updates on industry trends and developments, and grow their businesses in the market.

Co-located Events

SUBCON Thailand 2020 is the 15th Edition of ASEAN’s leading industrial subcontracting and business matching event. This is the only event jointly organised by the BOI Unit for Industrial Linkage Development (BUILD) – Thailand Board of Investment (BOI), Informa Markets and the Thai Subcontracting Promotion Association.

The show is designed to present business opportunities to more than 4,000 industrial part makers and help exhibitors negotiate business with major industrial part-buyers and manufacturers from Tier 1 and Tier 2. This year’s show is projected to be attended by more than 25,000 buyers from industries such as automotive, electric, electronic, machinery, as well as future industries including aviation, medical equipment, robotics automation and digital are all expected to take part in the event.

SHEET METAL ASIA 2020 is the 20th edition of Thailand’s largest international sheet metal fabrication and machinery event. The show brings together comprehensive technologies such as fibre laser machinery, CO2 lasers, press brakes, punching machines, water jet technology, and more, from over 300 major brands from 25 countries. The advanced technologies in sheet metal fabrication will cover industries such as automotive, electronics, electric equipment, construction, interior and furniture, medical devices, and agriculture.

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Smart Manufacturing Market To Reach US$573B By 2027

Smart Manufacturing Market to Reach US$573B By 2027

The global smart manufacturing market is expected to reach $573 billion by 2027, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 13 percent during the 2020–2027 forecast period, according to Acumen Research and Consulting.

Smart manufacturing is a method to automate manufacture of products and transaction processes. Intelligent manufacturing requires the use of automation devices and the purpose of this phase is to use information technology (IT) to support the global economy. This output reduces the workload and makes the process more efficient.

The smart manufacturing network enables the usage of integrated equipment for automated processing of the manufacturing company. These development markets are growing due to various sectors, like automobile or process manufacturers, such as chemicals and oil and gas. Smart manufacturing reduces depletion and increases manufacturing performance significantly—thus increasing productivity and resulting in long-term cost advantages.

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Market dynamics

The key driving factor in the growth of the smart manufacturing market is the advances in technology and the development of more innovative technologies and products, including cloud computing, sensors, robots, 3D printing, and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), among others.

Another major factor that is having a significant effect on market growth is the significant developments undertaken by technology suppliers as well as businesses to introduce innovative technologies to maximize productivity minimize manufacturing errors and automate processes.

Some of the most important factors for smart manufacturing development are the positive influence of policy programs and investments in supporting smart manufacturing. It is anticipated it will continue to boost growth in both developed and developing economies. For instance, the China 2025 Made in China Plan will spend more than $3 trillion in advanced manufacturing.

Another significant factor that is projected to fuel the demand growth of smart manufacturing is the increasing emphasis among manufacturers on real-time data analysis. This is to increase visibility in terms of predictive system maintenance, in order to prevent repairs during operations.


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Taiwan Excellence To Introduce Advanced Smart Machinery Solutions From Taiwan In Online Press Conference

Taiwan Excellence To Introduce Advanced Smart Machinery Solutions From Taiwan In Online Press Conference

Taiwan Excellence, an international campaign to promote Taiwan’s superior products, will host the ‘Taiwan Excellence Smart Machinery’ On-Line Press Conference on June 2, from 15:30 to 17:30 (Taipei Time). To assist global manufacturers in arranging industry upgrade and automation, Taiwan Excellence has invited eight of Taiwan’s most iconic smart machinery companies to showcase their most advanced smart manufacturing solutions.

The COVID-19 pandemic has massively damaged the global manufacturing industry and made countries aware of the importance of industry upgrading. Taiwan’s Smart Machinery industry, which is well-known for its significant precision technology and massive ICT integration, completed the seemingly impossible mission of establishing 92 mask product lines in 40 days, and boosted mask production from 1.88 million pieces to 17 million pieces a day. This achievement demonstrated Taiwan’s industry’s rapid response capabilities and flexible management, and made Taiwan the best option for reviving the world’s manufacturing industry.

To familiarise global buyers with Taiwanese Smart Machinery, the press conference welcomes eight companies that represent the industry: HIWIN, FFG (Feeler), Solomon, Manford, Chin Fong, Grintimate, Tong Tai, and She Hong (Hartford). The conference will showcase the companies’ products and solutions including precision components, digitally-controlled machine tools, automation equipment and smart controlling systems. A new concept ‘Taiwan Excellence Smart Machinery Virtual Pavilion’ will also be launched at the press conference, which will showcase 60 magnificent Smart Machinery products from 50 Taiwan Excellence brands and allow buyers to check out superb smart machinery products at anytime and anywhere.

The Conference will be held online at 15:30 – 17:30 on June 2, 2020.

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Automation And Digitalisation Pave The Way Forward For Smart Metal Industries

Automation And Digitalisation Pave The Way Forward For Smart Metal Industries

High precision robots working in a digitally driven factories are creating new avenues of growth for the sector. Article by Jorge Isla, ABB.

The standardised design of the FlexArc gives manufacturers the flexibility to shift the welding robot systems between cells without having to make major modifications.

As one of the most versatile and yet demanding parts of manufacturing, metal working has been preordained to undergo every technological advancement that transpires in the industrial world. The needs of the metalworking sector are as diverse as the end customers they serve. Be it a small job shop, a large automotive supplier or a foundry, metal working is a process that requires flawless execution even in harsh working conditions.

Today, trends such as the growing demand for tailor-made goods, continued globalisation that has led to a crowded market, and the everlasting pursuit for quality and efficiency, pose significant challenges to the current structure of the metalworking industry. Organisations that want to stay ahead of the curve have to pull all stops to ensure that their equipment and practices are capable enough to handle the many challenges that they encounter in this diverse industry. Automation in the form of robots and machining tools, when enhanced by digitalisation, offer the best way to improve productivity while maintaining a high level of flexibility to meet the needs of end customers. 

A significant factor that contests the efficacy of a factory that we are seeing today is ability to manufacture a wide variety of parts while maintaining the capacity to constantly introduce new variants to the process without having to disrupt the normal workflow in the factory. Achieving this requires a two-pronged approach to enhance both the hardware and the overall production process.

Forging flexibility with robots

Collaborative robots are adept at adding flexibility to assembly processes that need to make small lots of highly individualized products, in short cycles.

A sure shot way to increase the flexibility of the metal working process is through robotic automation. The range of robots for metal working have not been as comprehensive as they are today. From simple material handling tasks such as shifting parts to and from the conveyor system to sophisticated robotic welding cells that perform multiple complex tasks, robots have proven to significantly improve uptime, productivity and consistency. 

In the era of mass customisation, hard automation processes that execute only specific tasks offer very little in the way of agility to perform quick changeovers. On the other hand, flexible automation, typically in the form of a robot with “arms” that are capable of six axis movements with interchangeable grippers can perform a variety of tasks and are exceptional at handling large product mixes.  

The IRB 14000 single and dual- arm robots from ABB are highly collaborative machines and one of the latest technologies in flexible automation. Popularly called YuMi, these robots come with the added benefits of being able to safely and seamlessly work closely with human operators and enable greater space savings as they do not require large fences or cabins. The small size, but highly dexterous robot is well-suited for picking and placing tasks as it does for a leading French automotive interior parts supplier. The dual-armed YuMi robot is installed in the small space between two simultaneously running conveyor systems where its job is to fit plates on pump handles that are used to adjust the height of vehicle seats. The plug-and-produce concept of the YuMi allows it to work well in unstructured environments. 

Automation can also enhance the ability for manufacturers to perform tasks for various end customers using the same assets. Take for instance a Polish company that makes exhaust systems for the automotive industry. A significant variable in the company’s operations is that it does not have guaranteed quantity demands from end customers. To mitigate some of this uncertainty, the company installed a range of ABB’s FlexArcs at its factory in Poland. The FlexArc is a complete welding solution that features welding robots enabled with superior motion control software, positioners and other welding equipment, all built on a common platform. 

What makes the FlexArc ideal for the company is that one welding cell can be easily adapted for other products. Depending on the forecast by the end customer, the company can set up the welding process and use as many or as few FlexArcs that they would need. The flexibility of the FlexArc allows the company to use the same jig to make products for different customers with minimum changes to the design, which otherwise is an expensive and often lengthy process. Ultimately, along with increased productivity and superior weld quality that the welding cell offers, it also enables the company to quickly respond to the changing demands of its customers. 

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Hexagon WORKPLAN 2021: Enhancing Automation In The Sheet Metal Market

Hexagon WORKPLAN 2021: Enhancing Automation In The Sheet Metal Market

Hexagon has launched its WORKPLAN 2021, which enhances automation and flexibility to further cement its integration into the sheet metal market.

“Industry 4.0, or Smart Manufacturing, isn’t just a goal for large manufacturers. We have more and more small companies turning to us, wanting a complete digital chain integrating specifications, and automating production management directly ingrated with their RADAN CAM solution, allowing them to get realtime views of their current workload, business profitability analysis, and full inventory control – all connected to their existing accounting system,” said Product Manager Christophe Mas.

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A solution which was originally dedicated to mould makers, WORKPLAN, from Hexagon’s production software portfolio, has been able to mix a single database with multiple business requirements such as tools, sheet metal, prototyping, and mechanics.

“This means it shares new functions developed specifically for niche markets but which have now become real assets for all customers in many industrial sectors.”

Continuous improvement for sheet metal world

Initially used as a business calculator for sheet metal quotes, RADAN’s quoting module, Radquote, connects seamlessly with WORKPLAN, and now updates projects using referenced components present in a bill of material, optimising the price for the project.

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Activity Basket Group

Enhancements to the activity basket, which was launched in WORKPLAN 2020.0, make it possible to automatically create all baskets for the same project in just a few click, or from a nest with a simple drag and drop. And the activity baskets can now be controlled via the barcode system with specific manufacturing ranges, or via touch screens.

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“This revolutionises the management of time tracking, and promotes automation and flexibility in the workshop. It also simplifies the management of assembly activities, heat treatment and finishing operations.”

GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation

A new set of measures has been introduced to guarantee maximum protection for storing  both customer and employee data. “We have also implemented best practice guidelines related to the fundamental rights of GDPR such as consent management, right to be forgotten, right to change, and data portability.”

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The WORKPLAN will continue to integrate into all Hexagon solutions, with more and more projects in preparation, in order to be an increasingly essential part of the full digital chain.

“Our objective is no longer just to propose a production management solution, but to implement the solution dedicated to our customers’ needs, connected to their CAD/CAM tools,” said Christophe Mas.


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Sandvik Coromant Joins Forces With Microsoft To Shape The Future Of Manufacturing

Sandvik Coromant Joins Forces With Microsoft To Shape The Future Of Manufacturing

Sandvik Coromant has embarked on a unique venture with Microsoft to drive forward the development and digitalisation of the manufacturing industry. Combining Sandvik Coromant’s expertise in machining with technical solutions from Microsoft, the collaboration will seek to link up parts of the production chain to create solutions for the next generation of manufacturing. The contract also includes an acceleration of the internal digitalisation network for Sandvik Coromant.

​Sandvik Coromant’s CoroPlus offering, developed in part with Microsoft, is based on Azure IoT Suite, Cortana Intelligence Suite and Dynamics 365 for Field Service. Among other things, the offering connects people, machines, tools and data on a single platform to offer Sandvik Coromant’s customers a better basis for decision making, and provides an overview of the various developments in the manufacturing process. This can enable savings, for example, by reducing machine downtimes.

“We see this collaboration with Microsoft as key to the success of our digital strategy. We have a historic relationship with them and look forward to continuing our journey, creating value by working together to develop and implement solutions for the manufacturing industry to guarantee efficiency, sustainability and growth. This unique partnership represents a new way for our companies to work together more closely to develop our competence,” explained Nadine Crauwels, President of Sandvik Coromant.

One unique aspect of Sandvik Coromant’s CoroPlus offering is that data is not only gathered at machine level to adjust equipment, notify technicians about maintenance requirements and warn managers about potential problems. Data is also gathered at tool level, which means that the customer’s industrial tool becomes “smart” and can be adapted and adjusted at any time for efficient use and to prevent production stoppages.

The partnership with Microsoft adopts an integrated approach to digitising the data, expertise and experience used on a daily basis by Sandvik Coromant to guide their customers, and will serve as an additional tool to facilitate streamlining of production.

The new joint venture between Sandvik Coromant and Microsoft gets under way in the first quarter of 2020 and will involve operations both in Sweden and abroad.​​​


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